MoHESC promotes public speaking skills of university students through speech competition

MoHESC promotes public speaking skills of university students through speech competition

DILI, 24 november 2021 (TATOLI) – The Ministry of Higher Education Science and Culture (MESSK) is committed to promoting the public speaking skills of University students through speech competitions to commemorate National Higher Education Day.

The 2-day public speaking competition (24-25 november) was realized at the Fundação Oriente’s Hall, in Dili with more than 18 contestants from several national universities participating in the competition – National University of Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL), Institute of Business (IOB), João Salandanha University (JSU), Oriental University of Timor-Leste (UNITAL), St. John de Britto Institute (SJBI), Betano Polytechnic Institute (IPB) and so on.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the public speaking competition, the Director-General of the MESSK, Maria Filomena Lay Guterres said that the speech competition aims to nurture and promote the public speaking skills of the university students.

“This speech competition is a brilliant opportunity to nurture students’ public speaking skills, as well as developing students’ critical thinking to express their thoughts on the current situation, particularly focusing on the role of universities in contributing to prevention and mitigation of the Covid-19 in the country,” said Guterres.

Guterres at the same time outlines the three topics that need to cover by the contestant in their speech- 1) Utilization of digital platform in the higher education institution during the Covid-19 pandemic. 2) The role of higher education institutions in the mitigation of the Covid-19. 3) The contribution of the higher education institutions in Post Pandemic Covid-19 Economic Recovery.

She also said that the contestants have to deliver their speeches in the Portuguese language, without using texts.

“We know that there are very few young people who can demonstrate their Portuguese language skills in public. Through this speech competition, we will promote students’ speaking skills as they are going to deliver their speeches in the Portuguese language. Portuguese is not our mother tongue. So, it doesn’t matter whether you speak good Portuguese or not, but the most important thing is to give it a go,” she said.

The speeches of the 18 constants would be evaluated and marked by three judges, including Venancio Tilman from the National Institute for Training of Teachers and Education Professionals (INFORDEPE), Luis Aparicio, the National Director of Curriculum of Higher Education Institutions of MoHESC, and Francisco da Araujo, a lecturer of Higher Education Institutions.

The first contestant who participated in the competition, Inacio Edu Fatima Martins from St. John de Britto Institute (SJBI) said that it was a good opportunity for him to improve his public speaking and Portuguese language skills.

“I was chosen to represent ISBI to compete in this speech competition. This competition will become a reference for me to better my pronunciation in the future. It’s not about winning or losing, and the most important thing is that I can improve myself through this special opportunity,” he said.


Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario


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